Rent easel space in our Working Studio:
The Attic is a spacious well-lit room where you can leave your canvas on its easel, with lockers for your paints and brushes. Simply turn up and paint almost whenever and for as long as you choose, on your own or sharing the inspiration with other like-minded artists. No time wasted setting up and clearing away, it's easy.
Back to Art:
A fun guided introduction to different styles and mediums, with refreshments.
Materials, help and guidance are all supplied. Just bring your enthusiasm and try your hand at either pencil drawing, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, oils, charcoal and chalk, and even pen and ink! Something different every week.
This is your chance to start or re-launch your art and just enjoy all things arty, with results you’ll be proud of.
Learn new techniques. Experienced friendly tutors provide weekly and monthly half-day workshops on a range of topics and mediums.
Drink and Draw:
After work, get a glass of something relaxing in the pub downstairs then let professional fine artist and fun character Mark Page guide you through all the processes and techniques to develop the skills and confidence to master any subject. This is for beginners and intermediates alike (artists that is – your prosecco standard is your affair!). Click here for dates and details
Di Roberts runs our watercolour classes for all levels of experience. Learn new techniques in a friendly environment, and take home a picture to be proud of. All materials supplied (or bring your own if you prefer).
Life Drawing - drawing from the human figure. Suitable for anyone from the absolute beginner through students and professionals. A tutored session with various activities, with the freedom to do your own thing for all or part of the session if you wish. The sessions are intended to be fun, varied, instructive and supportive and include warm ups and a longer pose.
Exhibit and sell your work:
Attic regulars are welcome to display their pictures for sale on the large walls of the studio, on the Gallery page of this website, and at our display in Woosters Coffee House in Westbourne. There is no charge except a 20% commission on any sales. We occasionally hold formal exhibition days in the Attic, when there will be a hanging charge but no commission
Thinking of a special group present or celebration? Book a two or three hour session and have fun painting with your friends. Call or email Jilly with your hopes and special requirements
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Our Expert Friendly Tutors:
Jilly Coe runs the "Back to Art" group on Mondays.
Jilly is the daughter of a Liverpool Art College artist and attended school in UK and Florida. She travelled the world, brought up a family, and retired to Bournemouth when, with the arrival of her bus pass, she reawakened her latent artistic talent. Jilly developed her skills under several years of training in classic and modern techniques and materials.
Living on the cliff top and walking the beach daily, the sea in all its moods forms a wonderful source of Jilly’s inspiration. She works in oils on canvas, and in mixed media with modern techniques when appropriate to the work. Jilly is married with two grown-up children, four grandchildren and a labradoodle
Laura Huartson runs our workshops in ceramics.
Laura is an illustrator whose work is inspired by ceramics and pottery. She does her primary research and sketching in museums and galleries, focusing on ceramics from different countries for those that tell a story of their social and cultural histories. Laura then represents them using watercolour pencils, gouache, printmaking and to decorate her own ceramics. Laura has a BA Hons Illustration and a master’s in illustration
Trish Jubb has always loved making art about the human figure and developed and obsession about Life Drawing when she started college as a mature student.
She has been running regular Life Drawing and other art classes and workshops for many years, independently and for local organisations, including as a visiting tutor teaching Life Drawing at the AUB and Bournemouth University and invited tutor at the Shards Exhibition launch night at the BIC. She has a BA (Hons) Fine Art and a PGCE.
Although often quiet in everyday life, her classes bring out a different side to her personality and her enthusiasm and excitement about the subject are obvious. She works to the widely differing needs, confidence and abilities of people ranging through children and teenagers, people with learning disabilities and on the autistic spectrum and adults whether absolute beginners or BA and Masters students.
Mark Page runs our after-work Drink and Draw sessions most Tuesday evenings. Mark is a full time professional fine artist specialising in graphite, ink and charcoal. Having run an advertising agency and design studio for over 30 years, Mark now devotes his time to his preferred passion: to draw and sketch. Over the years he has had work displayed in many locations and several countries, and drawn pencil portraits for Harrods of London. He currently sketches local Dorset scapes and has created a range of quirky hare sketches; do see his website:
Di grew up drawing and painting in the foothills of the Pennines bordering South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
After qualifying as an art teacher, she spent a few years travelling with her sketchbooks and also designed company logos, illustrated publications, created table plans, sold quick caricatures at charity functions and produced hundreds of portraits.
For many years she has combined private commissions with teaching in secondary schools, in an adult Art school in North London, and more recently in art clubs in Bournemouth, inspiring and motivating students from secondary school age to well into their 80’s. See her website
Nicky Stockley tutors several of our workshops.
Through her interests in the natural world and the surreal Nicky creates illustrations and picture books that travel through extraordinary landscapes and encounter fantastical plants and creatures on the way. With a BA in Fine Art and an MA in illustration, her practice has a balance between traditional and digital mediums and styles.modern techniques and materials.